- Flowing instrument panel design
- Perky performance with manual transmission
- Quiet, refined interior and powertrain
- Supportive seats
- Standard Bluetooth hands-free interface
- Limited backseat space for adults
- Nav system only available in a $3,100 package
- All the chrome in front doesn't fit the TSX's character
The new 2010 Acura TSX offers more features than most entry-luxury sedans, and the V-6 cures its previous lack of power.
The TSX is a sporty front-wheel-drive compact sedan based loosely on the European-spec Honda Accord. The Acura TSX was completely redesigned for 2009, but carries over to 2010 largely unchanged apart from the addition of a new V-6 engine. On sale now, the car starts from $29,310 in base form and ranges up to a starting price of $37,950 for the V-6 with Technology Package.
Acura offers no visual redesign for the 2010 model year following a complete update in 2009. The aggressive front end, crisp-edged flanks, and generally modern, high-tech look of the TSX will likely please younger professionals, though more mature buyers may wonder what the fuss is about. Overall, however, the TSX presents a clean, conservative look that many reviewers like. Inside, much of the same can be said, especially once the TSX is outfitted with the electronics-heavy Technology Package. The basic styling elements are attractive and contemporary, with flowing, swoopy curves executed in pleasing materials and colors.
Standard power for the 2010 TSX comes from a 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; the standard six-speed manual transmission definitely makes the car feel livelier, even though midrange torque has been boosted to make it more responsive with the paddle-shifted Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission. All new for 2010 is a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine option that delivers one of the few things the TSX previously lacked: power. Handling is still nimble and sporting, with a firm yet absorbent ride.
Comfort and quality of the TSX aren't quite top-notch but are right on par for the mid-size luxury sedan segment. Materials quality is high, and fit and finish can hardly be quibbled with, though rear legroom and seat comfort are frequent points of complaint. Even the front seats can prove too firm for some people. Cargo space, on the other hand, is good, with an ample trunk and plenty of in-cabin pockets and compartments.
Entry-level luxury cars often skimp on standard convenience features or don't offer the top-technology options, but the 2010 Acura TSX is an exception to the rule, especially when the optional Technology Package is selected. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, plus a premium 7-speaker sound system with subwoofer and XM Satellite Radio capability. The optional navigation system offers real-time traffic and dynamic rerouting capability to direct you around hazards and congestion when possible. A 10-speaker, 415-watt sound system is also available along with a six-disc CD changer in the Technology Package.
The 2010 Acura TSX comes with all the safety equipment of its peers, including front side airbags, side curtain airbags, vehicle stability assist, active head restraints, and three-point seat belts for all five seating positions. Though the 2010 TSX hasn't yet been tested by the IIHS, the essentially identical 2009 TSX earned a Top Safety Pick according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and five-star ratings in every category from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).